16 months period free now cramps

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I'm 56 and have gone 16 months without a period and even though I've suffered terribly with hot flashes, I've powered through trying to do this as naturally as possible. In the last 3 weeks my hot flashes have gone from about 10 a day to 2.  Then 3 days ago I felt the cramping I used to have with a period. Have had a slight brownish discharge and now bloating.  Is this a common occurrence?  I'm hoping it doesn't turn into a full blown period. It would be wonderful if this is yet another sign that I'm almost at the end of the menopause tunnel!

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    It really depends on a few factors. One have you been ingesting any type of soy foods? Soy milk or edamame? Soy is a hormone disruptor, such that we tell patients to avoid it like the plague because it can cause all sorts of symptoms in the body especially in women going through peri/menopause.  The other factor is that it could be related to stress. 

    If you're having a regular period with no other issues, and you think it was induced by soy, then I wouldn't worry too much about it. However, it wouldn't hurt to see your doctor to her/him know you had a period. 

    If it's stress that's causing it then you need to chill, make an appt to see your gyne maybe she/he can give you something to calm the nerves. 

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      lol, sorry I meant to say you need to relax but the word chill came to mind since I suspect you're young at heart. smile

      Also, forgot to mention that it sounds as if your estrogen dominant, a sign of the bloating. Look online for foods that will help lower your estrogen. Try yams, they contain progesterone and really help balance the estrogen levels in your body. 

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      Funny you mention soy as I had ONE tofu hotdog last week. I doubt that amount would have an effect though! Stress....yes have had a lot going on and when I'm overloaded it does stress me.  I just wondered if this was a common stepping stone in the whole menopause process. This is day 4 of feeling like I have a period coming on but nothing  happening.  The fact that my hot flashes have decreased has been wonderful and that alone almost makes me feel normal again!

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    Hi all my mum was 30 when she started her premenopause my partner thinks I am to am 30 as well can that happen I have pcos an gallstones i sometimes have heavy period only this year they been regular an heavy an only on for around 3 or 4 days
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